It’s a long weekend for music and meditation in Bay Ridge!
On Friday night, head over to the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th Streets) to get your rock ’n’ roll fix with the Dead Ridge Boys, a Bay Ridge Grateful Dead cover band that will perform some of the group’s best hits starting at 10 pm.
On Saturday, recover from Grateful’s greatest hits by making your way over to Owl’s Head Park (67th Street and Colonial Road) for some fresh air and gardening. Ridgites and any other willing volunteers can join the Owl’s Head Horticulture Group plant flowers and clean the park, as part of the NYC Park’s “It’s My Park” program. Contribute to the cause from 10 am to noon, man.
And if you’re feeling flexible afterwards, take a brisk walk across the park to the lawn near the basketball courts for an outdoor yoga class starting at noon, led by local instructor and studio owner Erica Ginger, of Yoga Ginger. Aspiring yogis should bring their own mat or towel, along with $5 for the suggested donation.
Once you’ve found your center (and taken a shower), visit Hunter’s Steak and Ale House (9404 Fourth Ave. at 94th Street) for a hearty slab of meat and a musical performance by the trio Max’s Wheelhouse, kicking off at 8:30 pm. The musicians pride themselves on playing music from throughout the decades, but they particularly favor light rock from the Age of Aquarius, which will pair perfectly with your day of yoga and fresh air.
And on Sunday, you can chill out by creating some calming art with the Bright Spot program at Print Space Art Studio (509 Senator St. at Fifth Avenue), where instructors will help you make monotypes in a stress-free environment. From 11 am–3 pm, you can use stencils and textures to create art prints — you can take home your work, but leave one copy for the residents at nearby Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation — it may go on their walls. For $30, you will get some instruction, five papers, and all the supplies you need.